Huanghuali document box

The distinct figuring of this huanghuali wood grain is dramatically set against a simple rectangular design. At the front, original circular lock plate set flush with the surface completes a bended lip. Top corners decorated with ruyi-shaped brass mounts adjoining corner reinforcements. On either end "ox-nose" bail handles are mounted from chrysanthemum-shaped plates, resting against knock-plates of similar designs. The interior top panel has a complex form of the character "three" in cursive hand. Used for storage of personal items, such as documents.

Date/Period
Late Ming, 2nd half of 16th century - 1st half of 17th century
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: 18 x 41 x 24 cm
Accession No.
2000-05640
Material
{SOURCE: J-FORM 08/21/2000} Huanghuali and high zinc-content white brass
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving